Public Event

An Idle, Lazy Race of People: Colonialism and the Modern Work Ethic
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Center for Advanced Study
Levis Faculty Center--Music Room (208)
919 W. Illinois, Urbana (View Map)

Emanuel Rota
Department of French and Italian, CAS Associate 2017-18


Since the 18th century, Northern European social reformers and economists have faced the problem of raising the level of productivity of their national economies. The threat of racial and cultural inferiority has played a crucial role in shaping the modern work ethic and in disseminating it among the working classes. This presentation briefly reconstructs the history of the war on laziness and its colonial genealogy in the age of the European industrious revolutions.